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As Christians, we know someday we'll leave Earth behind and be united with God. Yet most of us know very little about what to expect! Opening Scripture to unpack 10 surprising truths about heaven, Dr. Jeffress explains who we will see there, how we can prepare for our journey, what we will do, and more. 256 pages, hardcover from Baker.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801018943
ISBN-13: 9780801018947

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If any of us learned we were going to move to a foreign country, we'd do everything we could to learn about that place so that we'd be prepared when moving day arrived. As Christians, we know some day we will leave our familiar country and be united with God in heaven. And yet many of us know very little about this place called heaven.

In this enlightening book, bestselling author Dr. Robert Jeffress opens the Scriptures to unpack ten surprising truths about heaven and explain who we will see there and how we can prepare to go there someday. Perfect for believers or skeptics who are curious about heaven.

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Dr. Robert Jeffress is senior pastor of the 12,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, and is a Fox News contributor. His daily radio program, Pathway to Victory, is heard on more than 800 stations nationwide, and his weekly television program is seen on thousands of cable systems and stations in the United State and in nearly 200 countries around the world. Known for his bold, biblical stands on cultural issues, Jeffress has been interviewed on more than 2,000 radio and TV programs, including Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, CNN, Real Time with Bill Maher, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and The O'Reilly Factor. He is the author of Not All Roads Lead to Heaven and lives in Dallas.

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  1. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good addition on the topic
    September 29, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Why read another book on heaven? Jeffress writes, "...the more we think about the next world the more effective we become in this world." (17) Thinking about heaven reminds us of the brevity of life and the certainty of future judgment. It motivates us to live God pleasing lives and it places suffering in perspective.

    There were some aspects of this book that make it a good one to read. Jeffress writes about the present heaven where God resides now and where Christians go when they die. He also writes about the future heaven that Jesus is constructing for us and John described in Revelation. Jeffress says the topic confuses many Christians but he explains it well. I had not thought of these two heavens and I am glad he clarified it for me.

    He also writes about the "I went to heaven" experiences. He reminds us that Scripture is our measuring rod for those who make such claims. I really like that he suggests such books might make us think that the Bible does not tell us all we need to know about heaven. Jeffress includes many criteria for evaluation so that we are not taken in by such accounts.

    I found his section on what we will be doing in heaven interesting too. For example, he writes about Christians ruling and reigning with Christ. Jeffress writes, "Those who will rule and reign with Christ in the new world will be those who have the desire and ability to rule." (111) If leadership responsibilities terrify us, we can relax. Chances are we will be working with our hands rather than directing people. (111) Jeffress adds this about leading in heaven, "The single greatest determiner of leadership responsibilities in the next life will be faithfulness to God in this life." (112) I am still thinking about that.

    Jeffress writes about hell too. He is a firm believer in its existence and that it is the destiny of many.

    That gives potential readers an idea of what the book is like. Even though I have read many books on heaven, I still found new insights in this one. It is a good book for those who have not read much about heaven too. Many questions about it are answered, based on what the Bible says.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through Icon Media. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  2. Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Place Called Heaven
    September 1, 2017
    Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "A Place Called Heaven" by Robert Jeffress is a great title for anyone who wants to, as the title says, learn more about heaven. Around 240 pages, the book addresses many topics, some of which are:

    1. The more we think of heaven, the more effective we will be on earth.

    2. 4 ways thinking about heaven benefits life on earth.

    3. 7 principles for evaluating so-called "near death experiences".

    4. Descriptions of where the righteous (accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord) and unbelievers go immediately after death.

    5. 3 myths about God and heaven.

    6. 3 activities believers will enjoy in the new heaven and new earth.

    7. Nothing we have said, thought, or done will escape God's scrutiny.

    8. 5 types of crowns believers can receive from Jesus.

    9. 4 signposts that point the way to heaven.

    10. 6 practical steps to take to prepare for the journey to heaven.

    The book is well-written, easily understandable (whether or not you may agree with the author's viewpoints), and smoothly transitions from topic to topic. The only issue I have is with his analogy about Jim Marshall's running to the wrong end zone that resulted in a safety (even though his team, the Minnesota Vikings, won the game). He states that Marshall was a Super Bowl champion. I was a Vikings fan growing up and remember them losing 4 Super Bowls (Kansas City, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Oakland) without ever winning the Super Bowl.

    Unless I am missing something, Jeffress' statement needs correction.

    Comment aside, this is a very good read and will be a helpful resource for future lesson or messages on the topic of heaven. I was given a review copy by Baker Books in exchange for a fair review.
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